Colorado Avalanche: former enforcer Scott Parker is having a terrible time with post-concussion syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome has become a reoccurring theme in recent weeks. Only days after ten named former NHL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the league, and 200 more unnamed at this time are said to be on board with the claim, former Colorado Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker has gone public with his terrible story of suffering and derailed quality of life due to a violent NHL career.

In a candid article by The Denver Post, Parker provides insight into the world of a former NHL enforcer who has endured multiple blows to the head. The subsequent side-effects of Parker’s career as a tough-guy are scary to read about. According to The Denver Post:

“Many days he finds himself paying the price of years of blows to the head. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Parker – nicknamed “The Sheriff” as a player – frequently is debilitated by seizures. He has to wear sunglasses most of the time because too much light can bring on headaches that leave him incapacitated. When Parker looks down he cannot “track” objects. Otherwise, he gets dizzy and nauseous.”

Quote courtesy of The Denver Post. Read full article here.

Parker is not among the group of former players suing the NHL. He understands that he took risks to play professional hockey. That being said, Parker criticizes former Avalanche coach Bob Hartley for showing no mercy when the fighter was too banged-up and in need of a night off:

“He would call me a (expletive), say that Hershey (the Avs’ former minor-league affiliate) would be my next stop. Where I’d be ‘smelling chocolate fumes all day long.’ I remember I thought I had a broken foot and told him about it, and he called me a (expletive) and said Hershey would love me. Nobody needed to question my commitment to doing my job. But I was just constantly belittled by Bob Hartley. I have no respect for the man.”

Quote courtesy of The Denver Post. Read full article here.

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